My mission to build up the body of Christ by helping believers, primarily men, both as individuals or small groups, to understand God’s Word and practice it in daily life. This statement serves as a summary of my basic current understandings. However, “We are not called simply to believe certain points or observe certain practices, but ultimately to cling to the person of Christ.” (A quote attributed to David Platt.)
My Current Understandings
- There exists only one ultimate God. He is the creator and absolute sovereign of all things, both perceived and unperceived (physical and spiritual). This one God operates as three distinct persons, sometimes called the Trinity, and individually known as the Father (the decision-maker), the Son (the doer of those decisions), and the Holy Spirit (the energy that empowers that doing).
- God inspired the books of the Bible, often in figurative language. They are inerrant in the original autographs. They are the authoritative message of God. The very words of the text, as understood at the time and place of the writing, convey the message.
- Jesus Christ is the unique Son of God, which means the official and legal representative of God to man. Jesus is also the son of man, which means the official and legal representative of man to God. He is both entirely God and man.
- All humanity, not only as a race but also as individuals, reject God (sinned against Him), which is willingly and knowingly disobeying what God wants. The penalty for rejecting God is both physical and spiritual death that is separation from God and His love.
- Salvation from the sin of rejecting God is personal and requires acceptance, by grace through faith, of God’s provision for reconciliation with Himself, that is the belief that Jesus is His Son. Salvation is through Jesus’ death to pay the penalty for sin and Jesus’ resurrection, which gives the believer new and eternal spiritual life.
- This salvation by grace through faith alone is the exclusive means of obtaining eternal life in the presence of God.
- God can and does actively intervene in our universe by way of what we call miracles. Examples of these are the virgin birth of Jesus Christ, and His resurrection.
- God’s directive for His people today is the “New Commandment.” Also known as the “New Covenant” (John 13:34-35). This New Covenant replaces the old commandment God gave through Moses (Heb 8:13).
- The goal of the Christian life is to radiate the love that Jesus demonstrated. (See the Life Purpose page.) Radiating love should be natural because all three members of the Trinity reside in the believer. (John 17:22-26; 20:22; Acts 1:8).